In a surprise ruling by the US Supreme Court, Sports Gambling is now legal in all 50 states. It had only been allowed in Las Vegas, Nevada and of course, under the proverbial table(translation: Illegally) but not anymore.
The History Behind the Ban: The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was founded in 1992 to keep individual states from being able to “sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license, or authorize by law” the act of gambling on sports, with few exceptions. Except or course, Las Vegas Nevada.
The Early Attempts to bypass the Ban: Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed legislation in 2012 attempting to bypass PASPA and legalize sports betting in the state, but he was promptly sued by the NCAA and the four major pro sports leagues. New Jersey attempted to bring the case to the Supreme Court in 2014 but was denied.
Success in 2018: New Jersey then brought the case to the Supreme Court which voted in favor of striking down the ban with a 6-3 vote, (Source Associated Press.)
The Reasoning: American Gaming Association estimates that Americans already illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year.
The Sports Reaction? After initially fighting New Jersey over this, the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL now want an “integrity fee” of some kind, essentially claiming the cost of protecting the sport from corruption will rise with the legalization of gambling and they should profit as a result.
It’ll be interesting, to say the least…
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